Excerpts of the State of the Union focus on economy, jobs

The White House has just released these excerpts from tonight’s State of the Union address:

“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation of ours.”

“A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?”

“Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.”

Lyndon Johnson's State of the Union address, via the US House historical archive. It was the first televised evening State of the Union address.

Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union address, via the US House historical archive. It was the first televised evening State of the Union address.


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  • Ford Prefect

    LOL:

    It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.

    Smarter = Smaller
    Smaller = Austerity
    Austerity = Higher Unemployment and Wage Destruction
    HU & WD = Bigger Deficit
    Wash, rinse, repeat as needed until we’re ready to take the Oath of Fealty as new serfs. He’s really into those oaths, don’t you know.

    Obama’s rhetoric bears no relation to reality. In the end, his speeches will not be remembered for what was in them, but what wasn’t in them. He says nothing, yet people expect some kind of positive result from nothingness?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this
    country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities,
    you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like,
    or who you love.” ROTFL

  • http://blogvader.tumblr.com/ Blogvader

    I don’t know why I’d spend another 30 minutes of my life listening to this president lie on national television. Frankly, I’m sick of it.

    Obama has presided over a middle class that has become increasingly irrelevant, in part due to his own policies. Wall Street is further enriched now than it has ever been, and how many of them have spent a second behind bars for what they did to the economy? Soon, he’ll cut Social Security and Medicare and force the elderly and future generations to bear the brunt of the debt that the Democrats and Republicans spent thirty years accumulating in service to the folks who bankroll their campaigns.

    Obama can have the platitudes. I’m done.

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